Functional Trait Strategies of Trees in Dry and Wet Tropical Forests Are Similar but Differ in Their Consequences for Succession

M.W.M. Lohbeck, E.E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. Martinez-Ramos, J.A. Meave, L. Poorter, F. Bongers

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Abstract

Global plant trait studies have revealed fundamental trade-offs in plant resource economics. We evaluated such trait trade-offs during secondary succession in two species-rich tropical ecosystems that contrast in precipitation: dry deciduous and wet evergreen forests of Mexico. Species turnover with succession in dry forest largely relates to increasing water availability and in wet forest to decreasing light availability. We hypothesized that while functional trait trade-offs are similar in the two forest systems, the successful plant strategies in these communities will be different, as contrasting filters affect species turnover. Research was carried out in 15 dry secondary forest sites (5-63 years after abandonment) and in 17 wet secondary forest sites (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0123741
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • plant economics spectrum
  • leaf life-spans
  • seed size
  • secondary succession
  • neotropical forests
  • shade-tolerance
  • woody-plants
  • trade-off
  • drought
  • dispersal

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